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South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu June 23rd 2018

Cusco and The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu (16/06/2018 - 28/06/2018) Cusco, the former capital of the Incan empire, is chock-full of charming cobbled alleyways and beautiful historic architecture at every turn. The city itself is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is brimming with museums, galleries, and other interesting places to visit. Located in the 'Sacred Valley' of Peru, it is the gateway to the famous Machu Picchu, and now one of my favourite cities! It was the perfect time to be in Cusco with the annual Incan Festival of The Sun happening 24th June and with the World cup on (Peru hadn’t been in the World Cup for 36 years!). The streets were buzzing with people and fun festivities... parades, dancing, music, and floats! The Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu Ahhh - the famous ... read more
Salkantay Mountain
Lunch Stop
Day 1

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu April 25th 2018

As I write this blog, I am sitting in our first real 4 star hotel in Cuzco Peru. Our previous hotels were nice, about 2.5 stars with 3 if you push, but they were out in the wilderness, especially the last two nights in Urbrama. One this we noticed is Peru is POOR. It Thailand is a third world country, Peru is pushing fourth world. The homes are made of mud brick, have no roofs; I will explain why in a moment, mostly unfinished and just about falling down. The no roof has a cost reason. You see if a home has a roof it is considered complete and is thus subject to government taxation. No roof, not complete, no tax. Since they have no money for taxes, this at least makes sense. As we drove ... read more
Me Driving the Train
Bus Co Pilot
Entrance to Machu Picchu

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu April 23rd 2018

The day was off to an early start. After picking up our ‘breakfast doggy bags’ we left to catch the bus to Ollantaytambo. It was a brisk 5 minute walk, the sun had not risen yet and there were a bunch of travelers waiting to catch the same bus. After routine checks of our passports and scanning of the tickets we boarded our bus – the first leg of our journey to Machu Picchu. It was very cold and the warm ear-flap knit wear that I purchased the previous day came handy. The bus was comfortable and if not for its foggy windows we could have had a better view. Nevertheless, the drive was scenic and the view, straight out of a National Geographic award winning entry! The bus stopped at Urubamba for a short break ... read more
Alpaca at Urubamba
city of Ollantaytambo - the sacred valley region
Peru Rail at the station of Ollantaytambo - on our way back to Cusco

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu March 4th 2018

Our first stop in Peru was Cusco, our gateway to the Inca Trail. But before we get into all that, we must first pay homage to the beautiful city of Cusco which was the capital of the great Incan Empire for 200 years. It's main square, the Plaza des Armas is the most impressive we've seen in all of South America - the large square boasts beautiful colonial architecture (built upon Inca foundations), cafes, markets, and enthusiastic vendors go leor! We had signed up for the 4 day 3 night Classic Inca Trail trek with a company called Llama Path (thanks to the great reviews it received from friends who had used them last year). At our pre-departure meeting, we were casually told that we would be leaving in a few hours as opposed to the ... read more
Making friends along the Inca Trail...
Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús
A birdseye view of Cusco

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu February 19th 2018

GÜN 18 19 ŞUBAT PAZARTESİ: Bugün sevgili eşimin sayesinde, yaşamımın en güzel günlerinden birini yaşadım. Ona tüm kalbimle teşekkür ediyorum.. Efendim, MachuPicchu benim yüz yıllık rüyam ve eşimle yaptığım muhtelif görüşmelerde, burayı görmeden gözlerimi kapamak istemediğimi kendisi ile defalarca paylaştım. Aslan eşim, bacaklarındaki sıkıntı nedeniyle bu seyahate katılamayacağını açıkça ifade etti. Öte yandan, beni mutlaka bu seyahati gerçekleştirmem konusunda yüreklendirince ,onun hoşgörüsüne sığınarak bu seyahate çıktım.. Bu sabah,heyecan içinde dün gece hiç uyumadan saat 4:00 te kalktım.Giyindim kuşandım ve bir taksi bularak Otobüsümün kalkacağı Wanchaq istasyonuna eriştim.. Gideceklere yardımcı olmak babında yazıyorum. Normal olarak, bu is... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu May 28th 2017

Ik kan de weg naar Machu Picchu op veel manieren beschrijven, maar met mijn universitair diploma op zak, kan ik er toch niet omheen om ook eens een academische invalshoek te kiezen. Dit keer dus geen lyrische-filosofische beschrijvingen van de omgeving, maar keiharde feiten over Lake Titicaca, Rainbow Mountain en de vijfdaagse Salkantay-trek naar Machu Picchu. Zo objectief mogelijk, natuurlijk. FEIT 1: Het is allemaal verschrikkelijk hoog Machu Picchu ligt op zo'n 2400m hoogte. Lake Titicaca (het is meer een zee dan een meer ligt op zo'n 3800m hoogte. Het hoogste punt van de Salkantay-trek ligt op zo'n 4600m hoogte en de top van Rainbow Mountain is zo'n 5200 hoogte. Dat is dus behoorlijk hoog. Niet alleen is het op zie hoogte behoorlijk koud (-5°C op onze kampeerplek op 4200m op dag 1 van de Salkantay-trek), ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu May 14th 2017

A visit to Machu Picchu has been on my bucket list for many a long year; finally at 73 years of age I've done it! And what an experience it has been! After our night at the Waman Hotel in Agus Calientes we were up very early to catch the bus to Machu Picchu, a journey which takes thirty minutes on an extremely windy and narrow road. The first bus left at 5.30am and they run all day, every few minutes. With so many other tourists wanting to visit this wonder of the Inca world, apparently people start queueing from 4am to catch the first bus to view the sunrise from up there. We weren't quite that eager, but to save time had purchased return tickets the night before. We arrived some time before 5.30am to ... read more
Before we started the climb
Machu Picchu from above
The honeymooners with Machu Picchu below

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu March 3rd 2017

Finally, someone has come to visit me! My friend Kelsey came to visit me for 2 weeks and we had an AMAZING time. It's because we were both HIGH ENERGY. This was my kind of trip. We spent a week in Chile and a week in Peru seizing every day. We woke up in the mornings and walked until night fell. Although we're both foodies and ate like champions, we somehow managed to lose weight during this trip. Yes, we walked so much that we actually slimmed down. Haha! I'd always wanted to go to Peru but when I was a student, I didn't have the money so this was my chance. Plus, I've always wanted to share my Chilean treasure with someone from back home so they could experience this side of the world that ... read more
Unfinished building

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu January 18th 2017

THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES Machu Picchu and the Return to Cuzco On my second day in Aguas Calientes I packed and had breakfast in my hotel, then stored my suitcase behind the hotel desk. I purchased a bus ticket and found myself joining a large loosely knit group of tourists as they streamed through the entry way to the ancient city of Machu Picchu. Without really thinking about it I turned left onto the trail to the Sun Gate. A bit of luck, really, because this is exactly what I had wanted to do the day before. It was very hot, and I was very slow, but I made my way up, up, up to the original entryway to the city. Between gasps I took my first video with voice. It wasn’t half bad. Along the way ... read more

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu January 14th 2017

SEVEN DAYS AND SEVEN NIGHTS Machu Picchu, voted one of the 7 Wonders of the World Michael was a great help in planning this trip. He has already been to Chile and Peru and gave me ball park dates for this part of the trip. He suggested a couple of days in Lima because I am not big on municipal buildings and museums. I enjoyed my time there, just resting and relaxing, and squeezing in my Nazca trip. I settled on seven days for Machu Picchu, which as it turned out, included Aguas Calientes and Cusco. I totally enjoyed Cusco. It was small enough to get around on foot. I don’t demand too much of myself when I visit another country. I just look at what there is to see and how much I want to ... read more

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